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I am reminded of a song from the early 60’s by Sam Cooke. “Cupid” It’s about enlisting the help of cupid to pierce the heart of a girl he wanted so badly to love only him. Cupid, draw back your bow And let your arrow go, straight to my lover’s heart for me…. Cupid with your arrow make her love strong for me, I promise I will love her until eternity… Reflecting on this, I started to remember how painful heartache can be. Realizing further that the heartache we endure leads us closer to God, closer to DIVINE LOVE!

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I felt the heartache of a friend of mine this past week. She was suffering, not because she was at the side of her dying father, but because she was uncertain of where he would be spending eternity. She ached for the love of her father’s soul. Wow! I was so moved by this, and so inspired by her love.

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She called on her friends to ask that they pray for him to turn to God in his last moments of life; and to ask God to have mercy on him. Now, it’s important to know that this was a very kind, compassionate, gentle man all of his life. However, she knew her father could not wrap his heart around all the suffering in our world and could not understand how our God could allow it, and turned away from him because of it. So thankful she asked me to pray for her father. So glad we have a merciful God.

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Why suffering? Suffering can bring about a good. If God eliminated suffering, the corresponding good also would be eliminated. So suffering leads to charity (love), the unleashing of love in a human person, the unselfish gift of one’s self. Only when we are weak do many of us rely on God. We become humbled and small and recognize our need to trust God. Think about cupid’s arrow piercing the heart of the girl. The result is that her heartache led her towards the man that loved her. She drew near. We saw Jesus suffer on the cross with a pierced heart. It was from his pierced heart and his suffering that we are given the opportunity of eternal life. His suffering brings us closer to Heaven. What power flows from the pierced heart! “Love is stronger than death” (Song 8.6) Love is stronger than death because love does not cease to give life even after death.

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Cover Model Kenneth, age 5 Meet our cover kid, Kenneth (5 years). This guy loves to pretend. Most of his day is spent acting out fantasies. He lives to be a superhero in training, or a ninja warrior, and often recruits his little sister, Helen (2 years), as his apprentice. Sometimes he’s off producing commercials about his latest Lego design or making “movies” with the mini figures. Kenneth also loves to be outside climbing...I mean “ninja training”. Another of his loves are books, drawing and anything associated with his precious “screen-time”. Favorite foods? Superheroes don’t have time to think about favorite foods, they have criminals to capture and adventures to plan. Unless it’s pizza; everybody can stop for pizza! Kenneth’s parents said they are so thankful every day for their little guy—I mean superhero! Cover photography by

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Encourage family members to express what they need and want. You can’t give people what they need and want if they don’t know what that is. Offer extra support to a family member who can’t identify what she needs and wants. Don’t let her always sacrifice her opinion for whatever the rest of the group wants. Every member of the family needs to know how to dig deep and express her own point of view. If you ask for wants and needs, you’ll encourage every family member to figure theirs out. Spend quality time with each person in the family. Love should never be a competition. My daughter loves to spend daddy-daughter time with my husband, and I’m glad she does. They have the things they like to do together, like watching slapstick comedy shows on TV or going out to their favorite breakfast place. And my daughter and I have our favorite things to do like watching chick flicks or going shopping. Be sure to carve out quality time with every family member, including your spouse. Teach kids to be caring to others. Teach kids how to make thoughtful gestures that make the most of their talents. Or get them out of the house and involved in assisting a good cause. If family members have trouble expressing care to each other, maybe they will have an easier time expressing affection and concern outside the family. If having you around seems to make them less charitable, then let another trusted adult guide them. Hug your family members at every age. It has been scientifically proven that hugging lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, so what more of an excuse do you need? If your older kids try to brush you off, tell them you have to hug them - it’s for their good health. And, of course, encourage kids to receive hugs when they are struggling emotionally, so they don’t become habitual sufferers.

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then teach your family members to become conversant. According to Gary D. Chapman in his book, The Five Love Languages, people experience love in five ways. We experience love through words of affirmation, by spending quality time together, by receiving gifts, by performing acts of service, or through physical touch. According to Chapman, every person on earth has a primary “language of love.” I understand what Chapman means when he says every person processes love uniquely. And I also think that there is much to be gained by playing around with all the love languages and encouraging members of our families to do the same. Which acts of love make you feel seen, appreciated, and cherished? What about your spouse and the kids? We can all learn to communicate what we like and need to our family members, so everyone can get their needs met and no one has to end up feeling misunderstood or neglected. Here are ten ways to increase family affection at home: Set a loving example. If you want your kids to have self-esteem and so they can live the best lives possible, you have to teach them to love themselves first and foremost. Unfortunately, if the parents can’t model this, the children are not likely to learn it, at least not from them. So, take good care of you first, and then take good care of your brood. Love yourself and care for yourself so you can best love others and care for others. Personalize “I love you” for each family member. Childhood nicknames can create affectionate moments in later years. If calling your child by a nickname will offend, even in private, then express the sentiment in whatever way the recipient will hear you best. Forget how you want to say it, and opt for what will garner the most positive response from your child.

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Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Sheila McGraw

On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Don’t forget, “We all love you.” Get in the habit of speaking for the whole family. A family is a “we,” and love goes at the center of this complex constellation. This does not mean your toddler, teen, or college grad will always be eager to express emotion. So go ahead and be the voice of the whole family, as needed. Then, once you have spoken for all, let even a begrudging nod of agreement be enough.

Squeeze in small gestures of love. Find little ways to express physical touch, especially for those family members who try to shirk it. Squeeze a shoulder, pat a knee, rumple some hair, kiss your hand and then pat their cheek. And mix it up a little. It’s when affection becomes rote that teens roll their eyes at you and groan. So, get creative and say it like you mean it. Catch them when they least expect it, and they won’t have time to duck away. Appreciate the attempt. Remember that there is no such thing as perfect families. Also remind yourself that sometimes love will flow more readily and easily between family members than other times. And when a family member tries to do something genuinely kind or nice, try to appreciate the sentiment behind the gesture. Don’t let them be teased or called names for expressing affection. Love is a sign of strength, not weakness. When it comes to love and affection, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try consistently, you will find there are plenty of opportunities in any given day to acknowledge and appreciate the most important people in your life. • Christina Katz is an author and freelance journalist. She loves her family, her pets, the world, and what she does for a living. Her latest book is Permission Granted, 45 Reasons To Micro-publish.

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Love life and it will love your family back. Your attitude towards life is either going to inspire or haunt your family.You may think you are being realistic, but if you constantly chorus that life isn’t fair, that money doesn’t grow on trees, and oh well, it could have been worse, your kids are going to grow up expecting life to let them down. Sure, life can be a bumpy ride sometimes, but never forget that it’s unconditional love and positive encouragement from the people we love most that makes the challenges more bearable.

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Women’s Intuition: Choosing Good Dads A study conducted by UC Santa Barbara found that women could intuitively tell which men were more eager to be fathers by unconsciously picking up on physical cues. They were also more likely to categorize these men – based on physical appearance alone – as more attractive for long-term relationships. The study was inconclusive concerning which specific physical attributes ‘clued women in’ about the men’s interest in children, but the researchers noticed slightly rounder faces and less angular features in these particular men.

Fluoride provides health benefits throughout a person’s life, especially for bones and teeth. And while we know daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, nutrition has an effect on your dental health too. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth. And don’t forget your gums. Vitamin C promotes gum health, so make sure you eat plenty of potatoes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, fortified juice drinks (with no sugar added), broccoli and spinach. To make sure your smile is healthy, visit your dentist regularly. For more information on how nutrition is an integral component of good oral health, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit KidsEatRight.org

Camps Rule! According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills; teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities.

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Make Brushing Fun! Some dentists would recommend a small mechanical brush; maybe one that plays music (2 min.). It’s important that the brush head is small enough to brush each individual tooth; front, back, and bottom (the part that chews the food). Take about 10 seconds for each tooth, brush the tongue. Be careful not to go too far back. Gag! Rinse brush with very warm water after each use. It’s recommended that you replace the brush every 3 – 4 months.

According to the book “Home Buyer’s Checklist,” updating your kitchen is the best move you can make if you want to increase the value of your home. Today’s buyers are looking for abundant counter space, quality flooring such as hardwoods or stone tiles, and modern appliances. Because a lot of family life revolves around the kitchen, it should be open and have plenty of lighting and sunshine. Consider adding a window over the sink, updating light fixtures, and using lighter colors to add brightness.

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Stressed? Triggered by stress issues! Your thyroid doesn’t operate well under continued stress. This is because cortisol, our primary stress hormone, inhibits thyroid hormones, eventually leading to hypothyroidism. One way to minimize physical stress in the body is by eating well and often. Three balanced meals and two healthy snacks a day. And please take time to sit in a comfortable space while you eat. Stop eating at the kitchen counter! This is actually stressful!

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Teaching Awareness If you are concerned your child does not understand the value of money, you’re not alone. Parents complain that kids these days are constantly bombarded with advertising and media messages, suggesting they need more. To teach your child to look for the best deal, task your child with the purchase of a household item and give them a set amount they can spend. They cannot go over, but they can spend less—and they can keep whatever money they save to purchase something for themselves. This will teach them to compare prices and pay attention to getting more for less.


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Dear “Momsolvers”, “How can I help my child (9 years old) develop a positive attitude? He is so competitive and is a bit of a sore loser, going so far as to refuse to congratulate the other team when his team loses.” u Personally I have noticed that our kid’s reactions have to do a lot with copying patterns they see at home. It has to do with our child’s perspective of what each competitive situation represents in their personal life. In my case, teaching our kids the relevance, for example, of a game in their life. We focus on doing our best and have a great time doing it. A good question to ask is why do you want to play in the first place? Usually It’s because they like the sport and want to have fun. When we stop having a good time and become angry all the time it defeats its purpose. We all want to win but it’s not all about winning. When we lose we learn how we can improve and get better; always maintaining the focus on why you started playing in the first place.

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u For picky eaters, I have a one bite rule. They have to eat one bite of everything I put on the table. If they don’t like it after that they can make themselves a bowl of cereal, but they have to clean it up themselves. However, my kids do eat almost everything, and this rule also applies to their friends who come over to eat with us. After the “one bite” rule, they discover they actually do like something they never would try before. There was one friend who had never tasted a pear, and loved it! ~ Sherrie E., reader and mom of 2

Dear “Momsolvers”, (The Chore Wars) “My husband did not have to do chores when he was a child and does not completely embrace my theory that chores help kids develop a sense of responsibility. I would like to know how other parents feel about giving kids chores. Thanks.”

~ Reader and mom u I have had a situation like this with one of my own boys (age 8). We immediately approached him after witnessing his bad behavior and let him know that if he ever acts so rude and ugly again we will take him off the team. Never a problem again, and he actually thanked us after his team won and he was paying attention to the losing teams’ attitudes; he was impressed with their good sportmanship behavior. ~ Beth, reader and mom of 4 boys u Witnessed this type of behavior with my daughter! She was warned about this being “ugly” and “disrespectful” behavior. She did it again, I pulled her from the team’s next game. Yes, I did get a lot of flack from other parents and her coach, however, she has time to think of what mattered most. ~ Paul, reader and dad of 2 girls and 2 boys

u I don’t think anybody likes doing chores, so I don’t know if the war ever ends. I just made them do it because it’s part of their participation in the house. I approached it more for the need of their help then because they need to be responsible. We all need to help out. ~ Reader and mom u In our home, each of our children has had an understanding, from little on, that as a family member they are to make a contribution to our small community’s success. This includes basics like making a bed and picking up after themselves, as well as occasional larger chores, such as helping rake the yard or wash a car. My oldest two (26 and 20) are independent, self-sufficient adults and I plan to continue this practice with my 15, 10, and 8 year old. Pitching in, being accountable, and working for a greater good are all really important life lessons. ~ Kimberly M., reader and mom of 5

Dear “Momsolvers”, “Help! I am a foodie with a child that is a ‘Picky Eater’! Suggestions from Momsolvers??” u I was a very picky eater myself; so in order for eating not to become an issue, make the things your child likes or try to disguise the food and flavors that displeases your child. For example, I didn’t like the texture of cooked onions, if a food had onions in it I would not eat it; but if the onion was blended and I could not see it, I would eat the meal. It is the same experience with my kids. Now I eat everything including onions and my oldest son loves them too. ~ Reader and mom u I like using Ellyn Satter Institute’s Division of Responsibility in feeding children, where the parent is responsible for the what (the food that is being bought, prepared and served) and when (regular, predictable meals and snacks) and the child is responsible for how much he decides to eat at those structured feeding times. I’m not only a registered dietitian nutritionist, but also a mom of three boys, including a preschooler who is a picky eater himself! ~ Rivka B., Nutrition Expert

u Children who have no sense of responsibility grow up to be selfish, entitled adults. By giving your children chores now, you are doing your part to develop responsible adults. It may sound like a good idea for your kids not to do chores now, but when they are 30 years old with no job and no motivation to get one, your husband may finally see your point. Proverbs 22:6. ~ Nikki W., reader and mom

Next month: How would you handle these dilemmas? Find these online at www.facebook.com/momsolvers I would like to take better care of my Husband. He is overworked and stressed. He will not go to a doctor. Surely, others have a man who carries the world on his shoulders. Thank you in advance for your answers. I would like to know from the Momsolver community if anyone has experience with starting a blog? I have a collection of recipes I have been holding for many years and would like to blog about them. Any suggestions on how to get started? Any “momsolver bloggers” out there? My husband wants to adopt a puppy. Don’t laugh but I am scared of most dogs, even puppies. Should I work on myself or keep saying, no way!


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TOP 10 Acts a Chivalrous Husband Does for His Wife 1. He always thinks of her first: This may sound like a “no-brainer,” but it’s also true that many of us play out our role as husbands while by-passing the brain as a matter of routine! Make this a personal discipline until it becomes second nature.

2. He opens the door (Not just the car door, but every door, every time): Yes, the car door thing is cliché. But it – and every door – is such a good opportunity to let both our wife and the entire world know how you honor her.

3. He holds her hand. A lot. For no good reason. Just holding your wife’s hand with no ulterior motive lets her know she’s deeply connected to you and that you prize her affection. It signals warmth and protection. And that she’s the only gal for you.

4. He walks on the street side of the sidewalk: Remember walking? Remember sidewalks? This action has its roots in shielding women from the mud and the splash. However, splash or no splash, it’s a posture that says, “I will protect you; I place myself between you and danger.” Simply moving around to that side is a huge statement of respect.

5. He gets soaked fetching an umbrella: Again, it’s the principle of the action. You get the car, you run around in the rain and open the door, you shield her with the umbrella. This kind of initiative is a way of life, not a novelty action.

6. He coaches his children in selfgiving love: Don’t let it stop with you, All Pro Dad. Teach your children, especially your sons, to look out for their mother and to put her first. Kindness, when they see it in you and practice it in their own lives, will heal your family.

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7. He serves her coffee or tea in bed in the morning: Don’t ride in on the horse, but do serve her in this way as much as possible. And it’s also a good idea when the whole family eats together, that no one takes a bite until mom lifts her spoon. It’s a way to honor her sacrifice of preparing the meal.

8. He is always courteous: Many men are un-chivalrous in the way they put themselves first and fail to think of the needs of their wives. Say “please” and “thank you.” Do not raise your voice. Turn off the distractions when you eat together (she’s more important than answering the phone). Make it obvious that the relationship is primary. Believe us, courtesy sets the tone and it is always reciprocated.

9. He washes her car before he washes his: We know the way things look around us. No family communication. Ten-plus hours of media saturation daily. Close to zero incidence of family mealtime in the average week. The disappearing act that used to be family vacation. Televisions in the kids’ bedrooms. But that doesn’t mean we throw our hands in the air and fold. Fight the battle for a family ethos defined by balance. Be deliberate and your kids will thank you.

10. He stands up and takes the heat: Does she know you “have her back?” Was the repair guy surly when she talked with him on the phone? Is she getting the run-around trying to sort out the insurance claim? Was the waiter at the restaurant or the clerk at the store out of line? We’re not suggesting you go Rambo on these people, but consider stepping up and saying, “Excuse me, but it’s unacceptable for you to talk to my wife that way.” But leave the shield, the lance, and the sword in the car. Reprinted with permission: This is where dads in any stage of fatherhood can find helpful resources to aid in their parenting. Fathers can also sign up to start or attend one of our All Pro Dad’s Days chapters.

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February 2014

Dallas Community Calendar Parents: Some programs require tickets and/or reservations, always contact event locations to confirm times and requirements. Thru Feb 2. Dinosaurs Live! at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ Enjoy a fun, educational activity with a 46-foot T-Rex & 8 new life-size animatronic, dinosaurs. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Thru Feb 9. Ghost the Musical. $ Matinee & Evening Performances. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. 214.421-5678 www. dallassummermusicals.org Thru Feb 9. DFW Winter Boat Expo. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter.com/public Thru Feb 16. Hopper Drawing Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. $ 1717 North Harwood St., Dallas. 214.922-1818 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Thru Feb 17. 2013 Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park. $ “Light a New Dream”. Go online for festival schedule. Fair Park, Dallas. www.chineselanternfestival.com Thru Feb 17. Animal Inside Out at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. $ Explore the intricate biology, zoology & physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large & small. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. www.perotmuseum.org Thru Feb 23. Dallas Children’s Theater: Go, Dog. Go! $ Enjoyed by ages 4+. From the book by P.D. Eastman. It’s a carnival of color & dance & song! Matinee & Evening Performances. American Sign Language Interpretation Performance on 2/2 at 1:30pm. Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman, Dallas. 214.740.0051 www.dct.org Thru Feb 28. Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo. $ Admission is just $5/person & parking is $8. 650 South R.L. Thornton

Freeway (I-35E), Dallas. 469.554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com Thru April 13. Dallas Dine & Walk Food Tour. $ Ages 8+. Tasting & cultural walking tour. Visit website for dates & times. West Village, in Uptown. 888.871-2052 www.toursdallas.net/dine-walk Thru Apr 27. Exhibition: Robert Smithson in Texas at the Dallas Museum of Art. $ 1717 North Harwood St., Dallas. 214.922-1818 www. dallasmuseumofart.org Thru May 3. First Saturday Tours in the Dallas Arts District. Recommended Ages 8+. Tours begin at the reception desk of the Winspear Opera House. 45 minute tours run First SATURDAYS on the half hour from 10:00am-12:00pm. www.attpac.org Feb 1. Home Depot Children’s Workshop. Ages 5-12. Register online to build a race- car. 9am-12pm All Area Home Depot Stores. www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 1. Target First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Free admission & special activities. 10:00am-2:00pm 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214.242-5100 www. nashersculpturecenter.org Feb 1. Chinese Story Time at Bookmarks. Preschool, Infant, Toddler, Families. Linda Li leads a story time in Mandarin Chinese & English. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/bookmarks.php Feb 1. Children’s Special Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition. Birthday party for our elf with stories, an elf hide-and-seek

game, treats & more! 11:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Children’s Special Event at Barnes & Noble, Preston Royal. The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition. 11:00am 5959 Royal Ln., #616, Dallas. 214.3630924 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Perot Museum of Nature & Science “Innovation Nation” at Klyde Warren Park. Science Surrounds Us: Hands-on investigation & experimentation. 11:00am-2:00pm Children’s Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Frwy., Dallas. www. klydewarrenpark.org Feb 1. Library Live! Black History Month Fun Fest at the Skyline Branch Library. Families. Learn fascinating facts about African-American inventors & more at this interactive event. 12:00pm-2:00pm 6006 Everglade Rd., Dallas. 214.670-0938 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/audelia.php Feb 1. Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic Show at Bookmarks. Preschool, Families. 2:00pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http:// dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 1. Harlem Globetrotters. $ 2:00pm & 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 1. Friends Valentine’s Day Tea Party at the Forest Green Branch Library. Teens, Adults. Enjoy hot tea, cider & snacks while you learn how exciting it is to support the Forest Green Branch Library. 3:00pm 9015 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-1335 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/forest.php

Feb 1. Catholic Charities of Dallas 16th Annual Bishop’s Gala. $ Exciting evening of dinner & music featuring the smooth jazz songs of three-time Grammy Award & two-time Emmy Award winner, Harry Connick, Jr.! 6:00pm Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.visitdallas.com

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Feb 1-2. International Conservatory of Performing Arts (ICPA) Young Artist Competition, String & Piano Auditions. Open to any music students, Ages 4-18. Top prize is a solo performance with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra & a modest cash award. 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 1-2. Shakespeare Staged Reading. $ Troilus and Cressida: Featuring heroes from Greek mythology, this classic tragedy covers the themes of betrayal & jealousy. 7pm 2/1, 3pm 2/2. Hamon Hall, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 1-8. 2014 Challenger of Dallas Professional Men’s Tennis Tournament. $ T Bar M Racquet Club, 6060 Dilbeck Ln., Dallas. www.visitdallas.com

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Feb 1-22. Knittie Gritties at the Oak Lawn Branch Library. All Ages. Needles & yarn provided for beginners. Any sort of threadwork is welcomed! SATURDAYS 10am 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1359 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/oaklawn/php Feb 1-22. Toastmasters at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. Become the speaker & leader you want to be. SATURDAYS 2:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 1-28. Dallas Farmers Market. DAILY 8:00am-6:00pm Closed Christmas Day. 1010 S. Pearl St., Dallas. www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

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COMMUNITY STORY TIMES All Story Times are free.

Highland Park Library 4700 Drexel Dr., 214- 559-9400 Wednesday – Lapsit Story Time 4:30pm, ages 6mos up to 2 yrs. Thursday – Toddler Story Time 4:30 pm; ages 18 mos-3yrs; Friday - Pre-School Story Time 4:30pm, ages 3-6yrs.

University Park Library 3800 University Blvd (214) 363-9095 (story times during the school year) Wednesday – Preschoolers Story Time 4pm, age 4-5yrs Thursday – Preschoolers Story Time 10:45am

Fretz Park Branch Library 6990 Belt Line Road, (214) 670-6421 Friday – Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 2-4 yrs

Renner Frankford Branch 6400 Frankford Road, 214-670-6100 Tuesday – Preschool Story Time 10:30am , ages 2-4yrs Tuesday – Infant/Toddler Story Time 11:15am (1st-3rd Tuesday), ages 4mos-18mos Tuesday – Pre-School Story Time 10:30am (4th Tuesday), ages 2-4yrs

Feb 1-28. Fish Feeding Demos Aquarium in Fair Park. Free admission. Daily at 2:30pm. Go Closed Christmas Day. 1462 First childrensaquariumfairpark.com

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Feb 2. Magie Tells Her Story at the Dallas Holocaust Museum. $ How Selfless Acts Saved Magie Furst from the Holocaust. 2:00pm 214.741-7500 211 N. Record St., Dallas. www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org Feb 2. Birthdays Give Back at Children’s Medical Center. Children bring donations & are recognized with a certificate of appreciation, water bottle & picture taken. 3pm-4:30pm 1935 Medical District, Dallas. www.childrens.com Feb 2. Dallas Bach Society Free Concert. Juliana Gondek sings Bach and Handel. 4:00pm St. Matthew’s Cathedral Great Hall Gallery, 5100 Ross Ave., Dallas. 214.887-6552 www.cathedralartsdallas.org Feb 2-23. KraftyKids at Bookmarks. Preschool, Elementary School Age, Families. Different seasonal craft each week. SUNDAYS 12:00pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 3. Lunch & Learn with Shakespeare Dallas, Troilus and Cressida. Bring your lunch & take a look into the backstory & motivation behind staged readings at the Winspear Opera House. 12:00pm Muse Family Performance Pavilion, Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Frwy., Dallas. www.klydewarrenpark.org Feb 3-27. Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Preston Royal. MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 10:30am Special Black History Month story time on 2/3. 5959 Royal Ln., #616, Dallas. 214.363-0924 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 3-28. Baby Bounce Basics at Bookmarks. Infant & Toddler up to 24 months. MONDAYS, THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS Go online for class times. No class on 2/17. Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 4. First Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art. Designed for children ages 5 & under, but all ages are welcome.

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Note: these are the regularly scheduled sto rytimes, call to confirm as schedules are subject to change.

Bookmarks

(at North Park Mall) 8687 North Central Expressway, Suite 1514, 214-671-1381 Monday – NorthCourt - Baby Bounce Basics 10:30am, age 0-2yr Monday - Inside Bookmarks - Baby Bounce Basics 12:30, age 0-2yr (Weekly Mon & Fri) Wednesday - NorthCourt – Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 2-4yrs Thursday - NorthCourt - Pre-School Story Time 10:30am, ages 2-4yrs Thursday - Steps inside Bookmarks – Preschool Story time 3:30pm

Lakewood Branch Library 6121 Worth Street, 214-670-1376 Wednesday - Pre-School Story Time 10:30am, ages 2-4yrs

Audelia Road Branch Library 10045 Audelia Road, 214-670-1350

Feb 4-25. Music & Stories with KidsWorks. Grab the kiddos for a storytelling session in the park! TUESDAYS 11:00am-12:00pm Dallas Morning News Reading & Games Room, Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Frwy., Dallas. www.klydewarrenpark.org

Infant & Toddler, Preschool, Families. Jump around, hear a story, sing a song & do finger plays. THURSDAYS 10:30am & 3:30pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php

Feb 4-25. Dallas Lace Society at the Forest Green Branch Library. Adults, Seniors, Teens. TUESDAYS 12:00pm 9015 Forest Ln., Dallas. 972.407-1775 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/forest.php

Feb 6-27. NOOK Class at Barnes & Noble, Preston Royal. THURSDAYS 6:00pm 5959 Royal Ln., #616, Dallas. 214.363-0924 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 4-25. Knit Wits at the Lakewood Branch Library. All Ages. TUESDAYS 2:00pm 6121 Worth St., Dallas. 214.670-1376 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ lakewood.php Feb 4-25. NOOK 101 at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. See what your new NOOK can do. TUESDAYS 6:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.7391124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 4-25. Insanity Workout at Klyde Warren Park. Dallas Insanity Group meets on the Great Lawn for a weekly workout led by Jimmy Nelson. TUESDAYS 6:00pm-7:00pm Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Frwy., Dallas. www.klydewarrenpark.org Feb 5. Reader’s Delight at the Skyline Branch Library. Adults. 10am 6006 Everglade Rd., Dallas. 214.670-0938 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/skyline.php Feb 5. African Critterman Safari Guide at Bookmarks. Preschool, Families. Have a wildly entertaining time with Critterman & his entourage of African animal ambassadors. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 5. AARP Tax Assistance at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library. Adults. 12:00pm 5707 Skillman St., Dallas. 214.670-6078 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/skillman.php Feb 5-26. Boogie Woogie Books at the Lakewood Branch Library. Preschool. Books, movement, rhymes & music! WEDNESDAYS 10:30am 6121 Worth St., Dallas. 214.6701376 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/lakewood.php Feb 5-26. Boogie Woogie Books at the Timberglen Branch Library. Preschool. WEDNESDAYS 10:30am 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php

Friday - Pre-School Story Time 10:30am, ages 2-4yrs

Feb 5-26. Boogie Woogie at the White Rock Hills Branch Library. Preschool. WEDNESDAYS 10:30am 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas. 214.670-8443 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/whiterock.php

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Feb 5-26. Tales & Tunes for Tots at the Park Forest Branch Library. Preschool. WEDNESDAYS 10:30am 3421 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-6333 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/park.php

5626 Royal Lane, 214-670-7128 Tuesday (2nd Tuesday) – Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 2-4yrs

Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances & gallery activities. 11am-2pm 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1312 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 4. AARP Tax Help at the Oak Lawn Branch Library. All Ages. 12pm 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1359 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/oaklawn/php Feb 4. Free LEGO Mini Build. Ages 6-15 ONLY. One free per child, while supplies last. Begins at 5:00pm Lego Stores Dallas, Frisco. www.lego.com Feb 4. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Harry Hunsicker signs The Contractors. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 4 & 11. Healthcare Marketplace Assistance at the White Rock Hills Branch Library. Adults. 1:00pm 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas. 214.670-8443 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/whiterock.php Feb 4-18. Baby Bounce at the Renner Frankford Branch Library. Infant & Toddler. Interactive music, nursery rhymes & stories! TUESDAYS 11:15am 6400 Frankford Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6100 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ renner.php Feb 4-18. Chess Night at the Timberglen Branch Library. All Ages. All skill levels welcome. TUESDAYS 6:00pm-8:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.6711365 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 4-25. Tales & Tunes for Tots at the Renner Frankford Branch Library. Pre-School. Books, movement, rhymes & music. TUESDAYS 10:30am 6400 Frankford Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6100 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/renner.php Feb 4-25. Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Ages 0-4. Reading & activities with Miss Jenn! TUESDAYS 10:30am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 4-25. Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids. All ages. TUESDAYS 11:00am Pottery Barn Kids Locations: Stonebriar Mall, Frisco and Knox St., Dallas. www.potterybarnkids.com

Feb 5-26. Preschool Story Time Fun! at the Forest Green Branch Library. Suggested Ages 2-6. Stories, arts & crafts & fun activities. WEDNESDAYS 11:00am 9015 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-1335 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/forest.php Feb 5-26. Wiggly, Waggly Words at Bookmarks. Preschool. Movement, rhymes, music & books! WEDNESDAYS 3:30pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php Feb 6. Healthcare Marketplace Assistance at the Oak Lawn Branch Library. Adults. 1:00pm 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1359 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/oaklawn/php Feb 6. Healthcare Marketplace Assistance at the Forest Green Branch Library. Adults, Seniors, Teens. 1:00pm 9015 Forest Ln., Dallas. 972.407-1775 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/forest.php Feb 6. Treat Yourself to a Good Book Club at the Oak Lawn Branch Library. Adults. 6:30pm 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1359 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/oaklawn/php Feb 6. La Leche League Dallas (PM). 1st Thursday. Leader info available online. 7:00pm Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dallas. www.texaslll.org Feb 6, 7, 9. Bernadette Peters at the Dallas Symphony. $ A celebration of American song & musical showstoppers. 8:00pm 2/6 & 2/7, 2:30pm 2/9. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Feb 6, 20. Domino Night at the Timberglen Branch Library. All Ages. All skill levels welcome. 5:30pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 6, 20. Let’s Talk at the Renner Frankford Branch Library. Adults. Practice your English skills. 6:30pm 6400 Frankford Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6100 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/renner.php Feb 6-27. Boogie Woogie Books at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library. Preschool, Infant & Toddler. Books, movement, rhymes & music! THURSDAYS 10:30am 5707 Skillman St., Dallas. 214.670-6078 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/skillman.php Feb 6-27.

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Feb 7. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Fawn Weaver signs Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 7. HIMprov. This improv comedy troupe is composed of Christ-believing comedians whose mission is to bring joy & laughter to people of all ages. Free, but they are collecting personal care items to donate to Food 4 Hunger. Check the website for suggested donation items. 7:30pm Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Pkwy., Carrollton. 972.3948245 www.himprov.com Feb 7, 8, 14, 21, 28. Yogees Yoga 4 Kids at Bookmarks. Preschool, Infant & Toddler, Families. Please bring a yoga mat. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 7 & 14. Tales & Tunes for Tots at the Fretz Park Branch Library. Infant & Toddler. Jump around, hear stories & sing songs! 11:00am 6990 Belt Line Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6421 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/fretz.php Feb 7 & 14. Knitting Social at the Preston Royal Branch Library. All Ages. Come knit with us or come to learn. 1:00pm-3:00pm 5626 Royal Ln., Dallas. 214.6707128 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/preston.php Feb 7-28. Baby Bounce at the White Rock Hills Branch Library. Infant & Toddler. Lap-sit story time. FRIDAYS 10:30am 9150 Ferguson Rd., Dallas. 214.6708443 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/whiterock.php Feb 7-28. Boogie Woogie Books at the Audelia Road Branch Library. Pre-School, Infant & Toddler. Books, movement, rhymes & music! FRIDAYS 10:30am 10045 Audelia Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1350 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/audelia.php Feb 7-28. Preschool Palooza at Bookmarks. PreSchool. Phonics & pre-reading basics with stories, rhymes & music. FRIDAYS 3:30pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 7-9. Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Cultural Awareness Series. $ 2:00pm & 7:30pm AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 8. Hot Chocolate 15/5k. $ America’s sweetest race! 5k at 7:30am, 15k at 8:10am. Fair Park, near the Cotton Bowl. www.hotchocolate15k.com/dallas Feb 8. Second Saturday Bird Walks at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. Included with admission. Enjoy a guided bird walk. Begins promptly at 8:00am. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 8. Hands-On Learning at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Ages 4+. Crafting event designed to inspire creative exploration. Space is limited, please sign up. 10:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.7391124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Clinic. 10:00am-11:00am Register online to build a love note holder. All area Lowe’s locations. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com Feb 8. Home Depot Interior Paint & Drywall Repair Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 8. Brownies Wonder of Water Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 10:00am-12:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www. heardmuseum.org Feb 8. Paws on the Prairie. A fun day of fun for dogs & their families. Parking $5. 10:00am-2:00pm Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 469-301-0990 www.trinityriver.audubon.org Feb 8. Target Second Saturdays at the Latino Cultural Center. Each Second Saturday is unique & may include stories in Spanish, dance, theater & performances activities, arts & crafts workshops & more! 11:00am 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. 214.670-3320 www.dallasculture.org Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Enjoy Love Monster by Rachel Bright & fun Valentine’s Day activities & cookies, too! 11:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Preston Royal. Enjoy Love Monster by Rachel Bright. 11:00am 5959 Royal Ln., #616, Dallas. 214.3630924 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. Living History at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. $ Fort Worth native Eddie Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on November 21, 1963. 2:00pm 411 Elm St., Dallas. 214.747-6660 www.jfk.org


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Feb 8. ICPA Young Artists Competition Concert. Young Artists Competition winners will perform. 2:00pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 8. Harpbeats at Bookmarks. Elementary School Age, Families. 2:00pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php Feb 8. Lego Builders at the Park Forest Branch Library. Elementary School Age, Families. 2:00pm 3421 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-6333 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/park.php Feb 8. Brownies Senses Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2:00pm-4:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 8. ICPA Second Saturdays. Sit back & enjoy free live performances in dance, theatre & music by faculty & students. 7:00pm-9:00pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 8. Chinese New Year Celebration. $ Celebrate the year of the horse with grand art & cultural performances & demonstrations of regional customs & traditions. 7:30pm UT of Dallas, Alexander Clark Center, 800 W. Campbell Rd., Dallas. 972.883-2552 www.visitdallas.org Feb 8. Willie & the Wheel Together Again! $ Willie Nelson appearing with Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel playing selections from their 2009 CD Willie & the Wheel along with other classic hits. 8pm Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4650 www. eisemanncenter.com Feb 8-9. Tour of Texas & Texas Fest. Volleyball tournament. Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 South Griffin St., Dallas. www.austinsportscenter.com Feb 8 & 22. Youth Leadership Toastmasters International at the Timberglen Branch Library. Teens. Become the speaker & leader you want to be. 3:30pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 8 & 22. In Stitches at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. Chatting, learning, teaching & sharing. 4:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php

Feb 11. Robots at the Bachman Lake Branch Library. Grades K-6. Hands on Science with the Perot Museum. 4:00pm 900 Webb Chapel Rd., Dallas. 214.6706376 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bachman.php Feb 11. Craft Ladies at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. Scrapbooking. 6:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/timberglen.php Feb 11. Guest Speaker at the Lakewood Branch Library. Adults. Reavis Wortham. 6:00pm 6121 Worth St., Dallas. 214.670-1376 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ lakewood.php Feb 12. Parkinson’s Information Session. $ Learn the basics about Parkinson’s & how it affects speech & swallowing. 9:30am-11:00am 646 N. Coit Rd., Ste. 2250, Richardson. 469.375-6500 www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org Feb 12. La Leche League Dallas (South). 2nd Wednesdays. Leader info available online. 10:00am Methodist Charleton Medical Center, Dallas. www.texaslll.org Feb 12. Love, Love, Love with Lovey Dovey! at Bookmarks. All Ages. Puppets, singing & magic! 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.6711381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 12. I Heart Crafts Valentine Crafts at the Audelia Road Branch Library. All Ages. Create something fun for yourself or to give as a gift. 3:30pm 10045 Audelia Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1350 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/audelia.php

Feb 15. Gaming at the Park Forest Branch Library. Teens, Elementary School Age. An afternoon of competition with treats, drinks & prizes! 3:30pm 3421 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-6333 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/park.php Feb 15. Manga Club at the Oak Lawn Branch Library. Teens. 4pm 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1359 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/oaklawn/php Feb 15. Fabulous Fathers Priest Talent Show Benefitting Regina Caeli Academy. $ Enjoy performances from local priests, dinner, drinks, live & silent auctions. Emcee will be Lino Rulli, host of The Catholic Guy radio show. Doors open at 5:00pm. Hilton Doubletree Dallas Galleria, 4099 Valley View Ln., Dallas. www.rcahybrid.org Feb 15. Jeff Dunham. $ 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 18. Meaningful Moments at the Dallas Museum of Art. Designed specifically for individuals with early stage dementia & their family members or caregivers. Includes gallery discussion, interactive component, & art-making activity. Reservations required. 10am-11:30am 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1251 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 18. Special Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Stories celebrating African American history. 10:30am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.7391124 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 12. Book Club at the Skillman Southwestern Branch Library. Adults. 6:30pm 5707 Skillman St., Dallas. 214.670-6078 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ skillman.php

Feb 18. When Life Strikes the White House. $ Keynote lecture at The Sixth Floor Museum featuring syndicated columnist & lecturer Richard Reeves. 7:00pm 411 Elm St., Dallas. 214.747-6660 www.jfk.org

Feb 12-16. Dallas Opera Death and the Powers. $ One of the most stunning, cutting-edge operas of the 21st century. 7:30pm 2/12-2/15 & 2:00pm 2/16. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. www.attpac.org

Feb 18-Mar 2. Godspell. $ A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty & love. Matinee & Evening Performances. 214.880-0202 Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. www.attpac.org

Feb 13. Robots at the Audelia Road Branch Library. Grades K-6. Hands on science with the Perot. 3:30pm 10045 Audelia Rd., Dallas. 214.670-1350 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/audelia.php

Feb 19. Camp Olympia Party. Come learn all about camp from staff, camp parents and current campers. 6:30pm at Picasso’s Pizza, 7215 Skillman St, Dallas www. campolympia.com. See ad in this issue.

Feb 13, 27. English Conversation at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. 6:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ timberglen.php

Feb 19. Kindermusik at Bookmarks. Preschool, Families. Storytelling & music integration establish a child’s ability to reason, create & express while having a lot of fun! 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php

Feb 13, 27. Let’s Talk at the Renner Frankford Branch Library. Adults. Practice your English skills. 6:30pm 6400 Frankford Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6100 http:// dallaslibrary2.org/branch/renner.php Feb 13-Mar 2. The Little Mermaid. $ Matinee & Evening Performances. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. 214.421-5678 www.dallassummermusicals.org Feb 14. readers!

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Feb 14-16. Dallas Autorama. $ Discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter.com/public Feb 14-16. Love is in the Air at the Dallas Symphony. $ Music’s most passionate melodies are guaranteed to make you fall in love all over again. 8:00pm 2/14 & 2/15, 2:30pm 2/16. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Feb 14-23. Dallas Children’s Theater: Little Women. $ Enjoyed by ages 9+. Celebrates life, love & home set against the background of the American Civil War. Matinee & Evening Performances. Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman, Dallas. 214.740.0051 www.dct.org Feb 15. Shoelace-tying Story Time at Bookmarks. Preschool, Infant & Toddler. 9:15am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http:// dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 15. Home Depot Closet & Storage Organization Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 15. Webelos Geologist Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 10:00am-12:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 15. Spanish Story Time at Bookmarks. Families. Senora Lilia presents Spanish Story Time. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 15. Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. Local artists, live music & food trucks. 11:00am-5:00pm 2800 Block of Main St., Dallas. 214.785-9285 www.deepellummarket.com Feb 15. My Funny Valentine at Bookmarks. Elementary School Age, Families. Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse. 2pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.6711381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php

Feb 9. Home Depot How to Install a Toilet Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 1:00pm-2:30pm www.homeimproverclub.com

Feb 15. Webelos Naturalist Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2:00pm-4:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org

Feb 9. Sting & Paul Simon in Concert. $ 8pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com

Feb 15. Black History Month Fun Fest at the Timberglen Branch Library. Families. Master storyteller

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Rolanda Brigham in a highly interactive & inspiring program. 3:00pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www. dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php

Feb 19. Book Club at the Renner Frankford Branch Library. Adults. 6:45pm 6400 Frankford Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6100 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/renner.php Feb 19. History of the Eagles. $ 8:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 19-23. 2014 DFW Auto Show. $ Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin St., Dallas. 214.6370531 www.dfwautoshow.com

Feb 22. ICPA Andres Diaz Master Class. $ Diaz is Professor of cello at SMU & holds The Koerner Chair in Cello at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Call in advance to reserve your spot. 1:30pm-3:30pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 22. Puppet Show at Bookmarks. Preschool, Families. Mister Mark, Get Set, Go! 2:00pm Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http:// dallaslibrary2.org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 22. Black History Month Fun Fest at the Forest Green Branch Library. Families, Elementary School Age, Preschool. Interactive program with storyteller Doc Gibbs telling the true story of Dr. Ben Carson. 2:00pm 9015 Forest Ln., Dallas. 214.670-1335 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/forest.php Feb 22. Webelos Forester Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2:00pm-4:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 22. Free Family Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art. Fine Arts Chamber Players present a family concert featuring strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Principal Flutist Demarre McGill. Doors open at 2:30pm, concert at 3:00pm. 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1312 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 22. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Leila Meacham to sign Somerset. 3:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 22. Library Book Discussion Group at the Lakewood Branch Library. Adults. 3:30pm 6121 Worth St., Dallas. 214.670-1376 www.dallaslibrary2.org/ branch/lakewood.php Feb 22. Ballroom with a Twist. $ Join the Plano Symphony Orchestra for an evening filled with incredible entertainment highlighted by stunning costumes, breathtaking performances & magnificent music. 8:15pm Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. www.planosymphony.org Feb 22. Lone Star Blood Cancer Conference. $ Come hear the latest on research, disease management & survivorship issues from top hematology/oncology specialists. 8:15am-4:30pm UT Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas. 972.996-5905 www.lls.org Feb 23. Home Depot Sunday Workshops. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact store for workshop topic. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 1:00pm-2:30pm www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 23-25. Divine Consign Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale. $ High quality gently worn children’s & maternity clothing, toys, books, games, baby equipment & more. Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 214.384-2716 www.divineconsign.net Feb 24. Philip Glass: An Evening of Chamber Music. $ 8:00pm Winspear Opera House, Dallas. www.attpac.org

Feb 20. Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshops. How to make a modern mirror. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 6:30pm-8:00pm www.homeimproverclub.com

Feb 25. La Leche League Dallas (Toddler). 4th Tuesdays. Leader info available online. 10:30am Richardson E. Church of Christ, Richardson. www.texaslll.org

Feb 20. Romance Thursdays Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 25. Book Discussion Group at the Fretz Park Branch Library. Adults. 6:30pm 6990 Belt Line Rd., Dallas. 214.670-6421 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/fretz.php

Feb 20-23. Dallas RV Super Sale. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter. com/public

Feb 25. Dallas Chamber Symphony Performs Carnival of the Animals with Dancers. $ Enjoy a captivating live-to-film performance of the classic comedy, Sherlock Jr., starring Buster Keaton, in this exciting concert. 8:00pm Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. 214.449-1294 www.showclix.com

Feb 20-23. Verdi’s Requiem at the Dallas Symphony. $ A work of such imposing power, no music can match its scope & glory. 8:00pm 2/20-22 & 2:30pm 2/23. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Feb 21. Friend’s Meeting at the Skyline Branch Library. Adults. 1pm 6006 Everglade Rd., Dallas. 214.6700938 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/skyline.php Feb 21. Chocolate Truffles an Interactive Sweet at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. Learn how easy truffles are to make & take home samples. 3:30pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2. org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 21. Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Free admission & special activities. 6:00pm-Midnight 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1200 www. dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 21. Imagine Dragons in Concert. $ 7pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 22. Home Depot Saturday Workshops. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact store for workshop topic. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10am-11:30am www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 22. French Story Time at Bookmarks. Infants & Toddlers. Mademoiselle Sonia leads a story time in French. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2.org/branch/ bookmarks.php Feb 22. Mardi Gras Texas Style at Fair Park. $ 28 bands on 5 stages. 12:30pm Fair Park, Dallas. www. mardigrasdfw.com

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Feb 26. Pop-Up Jungle at Bookmarks. Families, Preschool. Take an imaginary ride & learn about 7 animals from South Africa. 10:30am Dallas Public Library inside NorthPark Center. 214.671-1381 http://dallaslibrary2. org/branch/bookmarks.php Feb 27. Highland Park Literary Festival An Evening with Mark Salzman. Write Your World. Free & open to the public. Highland Park High School Auditorium, Dallas. www.hplitfest.com Feb 27-Mar 2. Bolero at the Dallas Symphony. $ 8:00pm 2/27-Mar 1, 2:30pm 2/2. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www. dallassymphony.com Feb 28. Book Club at the Timberglen Branch Library. Adults. 6:30pm 18505 Midway Rd., Dallas. 214.671-1365 www.dallaslibrary2.org/branch/timberglen.php Feb 28. Baby Boomer Comedy Show. $ Clean comedy for people born before seatbelts, safety helmets & Facebook. 7:00pm Hamon Hall, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 28-Mar 2. Dallas Home & Garden Show. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www. dallasmarketcenter.com/public Feb 28-Mar 2. North Texas Irish Festival. $ Top Irish musicians & dancers from around the world, food booths, cooking presentations, children’s entertainment & more! Dog friendly! Fair Park, Dallas. www.ntif.org Mar 6. Scofield Christian School Open House. For 3K – Grade 6. 6:30pm. 7730 Abrams Rd, Dallas 214-349-6843 www.scofieldchristian.org. See ad in this issue.


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is a scary experience for many children. The dentist is a virtual stranger, even after several visits. Plus, the dentist and hygienists wear masks that cover their faces for most of the visit, making them appear even less friendly. It can be a very over stimulating experience with the bright lights, loud buzzing and smell of chemicals. Plus, the expectation of holding still for an extended length of time is frustrating for many children. Fortunately, there are some ways to make the visit a bit less frightening and easier to handle.

• Find a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have specialized training in treating children. Their offices are often designed to be more comfortable and inviting to children.

• Start early.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, typically between six and twelve months of age. Getting children accustomed to dental visits from a young age often makes visits less traumatic.

• Tell your child what to expect.

Children typically only see the dentist twice a year. They may forget what happens at the visits in between appointments. Walk them through what to expect before each visit. Read books about going to the dentist. Don’t gloss over parts that they struggled with last time. For example, if they became agitated when it was time to swish the fluoride rinse around their mouth, gently let them know that they will have to do it again. Neglecting to mention it could lead to more anxiety, as well as possibly distrust in you when they are confronted with it again.

• Practice good dental hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth daily will help keep teeth and gums healthy. This may result in quicker and easier dental visits. Feeding your child a healthy diet and limiting sweets will also help accomplish this.

• Let the braver child go first. Most people with multiple children have the oldest child receive treatment first. This isn’t necessarily the best order. If a younger child is less fearful, let them go first. • Start some traditions. A few days before the dentist appointment, start reading books or watching cartoons about dentists, teeth and tooth care. Find a song about going to the dentist or make up one of your own. Sing it in the car on the way to the appointment. Have a special plan for after the dentist, such as visit to the park or trip to the movie theater. Do these things before and after every visit to give your children good memories of going to the dentist. • Deal with your own fears. Many adults still have severe dental anxiety. Children pick up on their parent’s worries. Your child won’t be able to be calm or relaxed if she knows you aren’t. Take time to address your own issues before the appointment so you don’t project your negative feelings onto your child’s experience. Dentist visits don’t have to be terrifying – for child or parent! • Rachael Moshman is a mom and freelance writer. She actually enjoys going to the dentist. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com

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treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from summer camp. The week-long adventures include experiences sure to build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way of teaching kids their value while giving them opportunities to experience all kinds of fun they would never find at home. The spring months are the perfect time to begin exploring summer camps. To find one that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors; ask teachers and church counselors what camps they recommend. Whether day camp or overnight camp, there’s sure to be one your child will love and gain valuable skills from while attending.

Camp counselor Jamie Newman, who has worked the past two summers at a children’s camp for kids ages 5-16, expresses her enthusiasm for sending kids to camp. She says, “Camp encourages kids to try new things and teaches them confidence through new experiences. They learn valuable life lessons when encouraged to work through their fears and try something even if it doesn’t feel comfortable to them. Also, when kids are thrown together in a cabin for a week,

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they’re forced to learn how to get along with others and often build lasting relationships that can continue when they return home.” Our five kids have attended summer camps ranging from athletic camps to church camps to choir and band camps. Each camp plays a unique role in building character qualities and creating life-long memories through everyday activities and interactions with others. If you need some encouragement to give your child the gift of summer camp, here are a few thoughts to consider:

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Camp encourages independence and allows children a chance to

make decisions on their own in a safe, caring environment. Kids benefit from new relationships with camp counselors who care about them and want to help them with everyday struggles.

Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies they can’t experience at home, without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence through trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had.

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child to be fair and kind, win or lose. Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with another and the value of getting along with others through working together and supporting one another.

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ing backgrounds--helping kids gain an understanding of how others live outside their community. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat, and bunk together.

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they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of overscheduled days. So what are you waiting for? Have you signed your child up for camp yet? There’s week-long adventure and character-building experiences waiting for your child this summer! • Gayla Grace sends her kids to camp every summer and always looks forward to hearing new stories when they return.

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“WOW! I can’t believe you used to be an ant!” Do you have a funny story about your child? We’d love to hear it. Send them to: editor@suburbanparent.com

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Although your brain chooses to ignore it, you see your nose at all times. (can you see it now?) The first man to survive going over Niagara Falls is reported to have later died by slipping on an orange peel. The average person falls asleep in 7 mins. 85% of plant life is found in the ocean.


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have been together since our junior year in high school. In dog years, that is 161 Valentine’s Days. While some men (men with a death wish) may not already be thinking about Valentine’s Day, now is the time to start planning your attack—unless, of course, your plan this year hinges on a table for two at McDonald’s and candies from your Christmas stocking. In that case, I hope you can out-run your wife.

The three questions every man should ask himself about the Valentine’s gift he is about to give: Is it romantic? Will it be an accurate measure of the love in our relationship? If the answers to both the first two questions are no, if thrown at me, will the gift cause a concussion?

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The single satin rose in cellophane at the gas station is not appropriate. Sure, I understand that guys like to be efficient with their time and could pick up a quart of oil and a pack of sunflower seeds at the same time, but the only guy who should consider the lame satin rose would be four and a half feet and calling his special girl “mommy.” The three questions every guy should ask himself before buying the slinky baby-doll nightie for his special girl: Do I really want to see her in a teddy? Does she really want me to see her in a teddy? What will we say when we find our children with the teddy…outside…playing dress up with the neighbor kids?

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Jewelry is always an appropriate gift, as are flowers, chocolates, and silky pajamas. Not appropriate are snow tires, high-waist granny panties, clearance Christmas decorations, or anything NASCAR.

It’s important to be able to interpret your honey’s thoughts and feelings before the big day. When she says: “For Valentine’s Day, dinner at home is fine with me—we don’t need to go out to a romantic restaurant.” What she really means is: ”I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch.”

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When she says: “I don’t need to do or receive anything for Valentine’s Day this year. Let’s skip it.” What she really means is: ”I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch.” Diamonds in lieu of flowers is fine. Olde English 800 in lieu of flowers, not so fine. Valentine flowers are red roses, not orange… carnations. Don’t ask her where she wants to go for Valentine’s Day. Women already feel they do everything in the relationship (as well as around the house, for the children and with your mother)— don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t think that you always need to out-do the previous year, unless of course, last year you were in jail. Six words she doesn’t want to hear come out of your mouth on Valentine’s Day: “My mom made it for you.” Three words she does want to hear: “I love you.”

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